While I'm not sure that I will be able to give you anything as good as last year's holiday/end of year 'zombie twinkie' blog ( http://blog.ideafit.com/blogs/ariadne-greenberg/the-requisite-holiday-survival-guide-because-of-course-we-will-be-running-from-hordes-of-zombie-twinkies ) I found a couple of handout s(while I was doing some end of year cleaning)
The idea of using pressure and friction on the human body for health and relaxation is not new. Massage was prevalant in the time of the Roman empire: if you went to the baths it would be common to have a body rub in addition to the hot and cold tubs. The Greeks as well had it, and before them the Egyptians and the Chinese, and the Indians. There are even some European cave paintings that suggest massage may date back thousands of years earlier. So the practices and the understanding of their benefits predate a lot of our modern medical science.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I think about and use shavasana (http://blog.ideafit.com/blogs/ariadne-greenberg/shavasana-and-meditation ). Since then I find myself thinking about, and talking to my classes about the beginning of the class. If in part Shavasana is the transitional pathway out of the physical practice, into the meditative practice, and then out into our lives, it is balanced by what we do at the beginning of practice, when we step on the mat.
It's time to lace of those running shoes and enjoy a workout outside. Changing up your cardio routine through the week can be challenging. Most people see running as a boring type of exercise compared to high intensity training or circuit training workouts. Well to me running is meditation, a break from the strenuous workouts and time to connect with nature.
Everyone has those days that nothing is working out for them. Whether your late for work, late for an appointment or maybe rushing to get the kids to school. Being stressed while driving causes road rage most of the time and it becomes easy to take out that anger on other drivers. Everyone has witnessed someone swerving in and out of traffic, yelling at another driver or giving the middle finger. Over the years one thing that has helped me stay calm and relaxed was learning to become a master of my breathing.
We take for granted too often the people who are apart of our lives. I know I've been guilty of that. There are people who are there for a moment, others a season, and some for a lifetime. For each person who comes into your life whether it was a good or bad experience--YOU choose to learn from it and GROW! BUT if a relationship is causing the life you have to be snuffed, suffocated, strangled, or harmed in anyway--do NOT stick around hoping for it to get better!